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Home > News > Work set to begin to extend Sudbury’s Kingfisher Leisure Centre

Work set to begin to extend Sudbury’s Kingfisher Leisure Centre

Posted by on 16 April 2019 | Comments

Work on a new extension and facilities at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre, Sudbury, is due to begin on Tuesday next week.

Babergh District Council is investing £2.35m - with £100,000 of the funds provided through the Community Infrastructure Levy monies - to extend and refurbish the Sudbury Kingfisher Leisure Centre.

Beardwell Construction has been appointed to carry out the works which are set to begin on Tuesday 23 April 2019.

The Kingfisher Leisure Centre will remain open during the work which has been phased to ensure that dance, fitness and swimming activities can continue to be provided during construction. The new facilities are expected to be open to the public in March 2020.

Works include;

  • Two storey extension to provide ground floor studio/community room and first floor dance studio
  • Refurbished and extended first floor fitness studio (gym) increasing the current 40 exercise stations to 100 exercise stations
  • New ground floor changing facilities for members
  • Fully refurbished poolside wet changing and toilet facilities
  • Improved lighting and décor
  • New air handling systems and modern mechanical plant

Tracey Loynds, Development Director for Abbeycroft Leisure, said:

“This is a huge investment for Abbeycroft Leisure and for Sudbury and these refurbishments will really make a difference in supporting our community to be more active.

“The changing rooms are now 30 years old and refurbished areas will really improve the customer experience when swimming.  The new fitness extension and community studios will enable us to increase our capacity enabling us to run more classes and activities with larger groups, while offering a state of the art environment for our fitness users.”

Chris Fry, Assistant Director for Environment and Commercial Partnerships at Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, said:

“We’re really excited about this extension and refurbishment of Kingfisher Leisure Centre. It will make a significant improvement to the facilities, helping our residents to remain happy, healthy and active.

“We recognise that with an ever-growing and ageing population, we need to be investing in and improving our leisure facilities and infrastructure. This work takes a crucial step towards achieving the aims set out in our Leisure, Sport & Physical Activity Strategy.”

In order to carry out the works, a portion of the Station Road car park will be cordoned off throughout the construction period. Anyone who regularly uses the car park or travels by train is encouraged to use the large long stay Station Road car park at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre and leave extra time for their journey.